The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Xenophon?

2. What is the purpose of the notes in Book 1, Chapter 1?

3. According to Socrates, why did he begin questioning the answer of the Oracle at Delphi?

4. How did Socrates describe himself?

5. What was Socrates' response when people commented on his wisdom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

2. What is written in Book 5, Chapter 1, about risking the loss of one's life?

3. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

4. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

5. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

6. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

7. By whom, and for whom, has this edition of "The Last Days of Socrates" been prepared?

8. What new habit do Socrates' friends discover in the "Phaedo"?

9. How educated was Socrates, and why?

10. What were the ancient Greeks' beliefs regarding the afterlife?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare the various scholars who contributed to "The Last Days of Socrates." What are their areas of expertise? Which portions of the text do they comment on, and why? How do they relate to the text of the dialogues? What do they challenge, or choose to explain? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the various theories presented regarding the topic of justice. What is it? How is it achieved? How does one tell what is just? What are the necessary conditions for one to be able to do what is just? Do you agree that Socrates did what was just when he accepted his punishment? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Tarrant agrees with the conviction passed down by the Athenian authorities. Do you agree that Socrates was guilty? Why or why not? How do you feel about the fact that he was convicted with only 60 of 500 votes? Did he deserve the death penalty? Why or why not? What do you think would happen to Socrates if he lived today? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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